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Unsung Heroes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2010 by stevemccurry
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Jaipur, India, May, 2008

World Health day is coming up in early April,  and it seems like a good time to shine a light on health workers of the world,  the unsung heroes who run toward disasters when everyone else is running away.

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Uganda, 2001

These are the people who deliver babies, comfort the dying, treat the sick, and put themselves in harm’s way.
Health workers risk their lives when they treat people with drug-resistant TB, Ebola, Marburg, and injured people in war zones. They refuse to give up even when it looks like all hope is lost.

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New York City, USA, 2005

 

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Thai Nguyen province, Vietnam, 2007

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Uganda, 2001


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Russia, 2009


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Kandahar, Afghanistan, 1985

 

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Helsinki, Finland, April, 2008

I have been privileged to observe many nurses, doctors, hospice caretakers, first aid teams, rehabilitation centers, and emergency personnel at work over the years.

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New York City, September 11, 2001

Here are a few of those heroes.

Ciudad Oculta, the Hidden City

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 11, 2010 by stevemccurry

I was recently in Buenos Aires for the opening of my exhibition in the Centro Cultural Borges.  I met and worked with some amazing students who are taking part in a unique photography program called ph15.  Fifteen is the number which identifies the slum on the edge of Buenos Aires where they live.  Here are some of their pictures.

Through learning how to look at and depict the different realities of their lives, both as individuals and in a group, the students learn to explore everything that surrounds them and to express themselves through their personal views, and with a new perspective.

Showing the work produced by the ph15 students is one of the most important parts of the project.  Each student participates in selection, mounting, framing, and hanging.  The exhibition venues range from local venues to museums in Europe, North and South America and beyond.
Ph15 helps the students to take full ownership of the neighborhood in which they live,  but also learn how to move around the city and know places where they usually don’t go or do not have access.

 

Ph15 generates a space where adolescents can develop their identities and improve their social and cultural conditions. Ph15 uses the creative power of photography to open an alternative route for students that transmits values and cultural understanding that belong to them and are not imposed by others’ expectations.

 

Listening to the students discuss their plans for the future, almost all of them hoped to continue with photography in some way. PH15 has provided them with the support and confidence to help positively shape the future of the neighborhood and their lives.

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